Friday, 27 April 2018

Inside Out

I've been on Radio Cambridge recently, talking about my  exhibition with Francis Jeans at the Babylon Gallery.
The interviewer joked that I'd had it easy compared to Francis, who paints outside in all weathers.
I swiftly reminded him, that although I always do the finished painting in the comfort of my studio, I often do my research in the great outdoors.
I sited the example of when I cycled 800 miles to Scotland on my (1940) bicycle to collect 60 items for my painting 'Diamond Sutra'.
You can hear the radio programme on the MEDIA page on my website and see the painting when you next visit Ted Coney's Family Portraits (reopening this Sunday).

Friday, 20 April 2018


I was relieved that nearly all my preliminary canvases I displayed  at our recent exhibition at the Babylon Gallery  had sold. I also sold all four prints.
My studio is so small that once I have no more use for the canvases, it is good to get rid of them, to make room for the next lot.
You can see the four still available, (all at modest prices!) if you click onto the
 NEWS AND REVIEWS page on my website.
Or you can see them for real when I reopen Ted Coney's Family Portraits from 29th April.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

TED Talk

My  chats about the paintings in the Babylon  Gallery during our recent 'Art Opposites' exhibition, were billed as TED Talks.
On each of the three weeks I did them, I managed to gather about ten people to talk to.
On the last day an ex student of mine from twenty years ago turned up with his mother. They had come on the bus from Cambridge in the pouring rain, which was jolly nice of them.
He insisted on buying all eight tour guides (I did give him a discount) and got me to sign one of them.
His mum really liked my painting 'Against The Light' (which you can view on my MEDIA page) and was intrigued by the way I had made the coloured shadow puppets first.
They promised to return when Ted Coney's Family Portraits reopens at the end of the month.
I will probably give them my 'Puppets and Dolls' tour.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

A Double Life

My old bicycle has been leading a double life, recently.
On weekdays its been taking me to school as usual, but on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it has lead a more interesting life. It is one of the objects being displayed in the Babylon Gallery as part of our 'Art Opposites' exhibition.
I had previously used the bike as a model for my painting 'Bicycle Thieves', which it now resides beside in the display.
Some elderly ladies got a shock when I returned the bike the other day, while they were looking at the paintings.
A photograph of the bike in all it's glory can be seen on my Facebook page and if you want to see the real thing - the show finishes on Sunday at 4pm.